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Official – working in media or advertising is more stressful than being a GP

Ad agency execs, reporters and news photographers have some of the world’s most stressful jobs, according to a survey by a recruitment site.  

Careercast, which ranked 200 jobs, says that after surgeons and airline pilots, photographers are the most stressed, followed by advertising account executives. Newspaper reporters are in the seventh most stressful occupation, says the survey.

The factors taken into account include deadlines, dealing with the public, “win or lose” situations, the need for stamina and initiative plus the level of competition.

According to Al Crawford of Clemenger BBDO, the competitive environment is the main reason. Writing on the B&T blog he said:

“The self-generated reason lies in the Lord of the Flies environment that advertising tends to breed. Lots of Type A personalities with big egos and low self-esteem makes for an industry atmosphere often more akin to American politics than a trade union.”

The most stressful jobs:

  1. Surgeon
  2. Airline pilot
  3. Photojournalist
  4. Ad exec
  5. Real estate agent
  6. Physician
  7. Reporter
  8. Physician’s assistant
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